25. 2000 NBA Draft
Best pick: Michael Redd (43rd overall)
Worst pick: Marcus Fizer (4th overall)
With a combined total of three All-Star games and one All-NBA team selection out of the draft’s 58 players, it’s not a shock to call the 2000 draft the worst class of the past 25 years. Of the top 15 picks, only two remain active, and that’s only if you consider whatever it is Mike Miller is still doing on a basketball court as an “active player.” Michael Redd and Jamal Crawford were the true prizes of the class, while the aforementioned Miller, Kenyon Martin, Hedo Turkoglu, and Quentin Richardson played key roles on good teams throughout their respective careers. But with a “who’s who” of draft busts including Darius Miles, Stromile Swift, and Marcus Fizer, there just aren’t many redeeming qualities to this class.
24. 2013 NBA Draft
Best pick: Giannis Antetokounmpo (15th overall)
Worst pick: Anthony Bennett (1st overall)
What makes 2013 stand out from the pack is the lack of talent in the lottery picks. Of the 14 players drafted in the lottery, only Victor Oladipo, C.J. McCollum, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Steven Adams look to have promising careers ahead of them. Guys like Ben McLemore, Alex Len, and Cody Zeller don’t look like serviceable rotation players, and the jury remains out on whether Nerlens Noel can be an impact player. The best talents come from outside the lottery, with Antetokounmpo (15), Dennis Schroder (17) and Rudy Gobert (27) forming a solid threesome that will compete at a high level for the next 10 years. But when you have arguably the worst No. 1 overall draft pick of this millennium (Bennett), your place on this list can’t be too great.
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